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Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Adam Hunter Peck is known for his work with chairs. Adam first started painting when he was only 55 years old, making him a child prodigy. However, the boring pressure of being a child prodigy dejectedly got to him and he had a clean breakdown, resulting in him cutting off his own nose! Adam found mounted inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in his outhouse for all the handles to see! Adam eventually got married to a tree and they remain together silently in their shed with their 2 children. Adam would like to thank Pope John Paul II, Darth Vader and the ferrets for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
Well, the easiest part of the artistic process is probably getting inspired, because it happens all the time, automatically. Walking down the street and seeing a multicolored oil puddle, or listening to an emotive song, or browsing sites like Flickr, ConceptArt, or DA are all possible ways to strike up a new idea for a piece of art.

I think each artist has their own hardest part of making art. For me - and probably many others - the hardest part is getting out of my own comfort zone. This can mean experimenting with new media, new subjects, new colors, new compositions, anything different. I think it can be a trap to find a single style of working and never leave that style.

Conversely, a professional illustrator usually needs a unified style to represent them, because it defines what kind of work they'll get, and whether publishers can comfortably predict how they'll deliver the final product. But this stagnation for the sake of reliable income is contradictory to the artist's personal evolution, so a professional illustrator who's also a dedicated artist will continue to take risks and explore new art processes on the side.

Which is your favourite piece and why?
My favorite piece is probably "His Collection Was Complete" ((SEE BELOW)), which depicts an old man sitting in a room of taxidermied legendary creatures. While the style is fairly simplistic, the reason I like it is because it really tells a lengthy story. You can surmise a certain vanity and pride in the man's character, as shown by the oversized portrait of himself; there's also the portrayal of greed, in that he cares more about collecting these rare specimens to heighten his own ego that letting the creatures live and allowing the world's collective imagination to remain intact. Further, you can imagine the adventures of how he came to capture each of these species, and also what else is in the room that we're not seeing, such as the labeled yet unseen "Leviathan". Overall, the piece was a lot of fun to imagine and compose as a form of storytelling rather than just attempting to make something that's simply pretty.

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
DeviantArt is an active community of artists from different fields, backgrounds, and experience levels, and that's what makes it so rich. There's a lot of positive feedback, and there's a good amount of thoughtful critique too. These are both incredibly important for all artists, and it's easier to receive them in an online space like DA than from your local peers. It's one good example of how the internet can connect people in a meaningful way, which helps motivate, teach, and inspire.

What is the weirdest/strangest/funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
The weirdest comment I've received (at least on DA) wasn't about a piece of art, but was about a photo I posted of myself. Someone said I was "being more fat" than I had been in past photos, which I guess may have been true by a few pounds, but I'm still a relatively thin guy! Oh well!

Please make sure to visit his deviantART page! And as always, remember to respect the art and the artists! The art on this blog is here because we were given permission to put it on here. If you like the art and would like to use it for your own blog or web site, you must ask permission from the artist first and none of the art is to be taken, stolen or reproduced! Respect the art!

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